Quotation by Robert Musil

I also believe that few people remain completely untouched by the thought that instead of the life they lead there might also be another, where all actions proceed from a very personal state of excitement. Where actions have meanings, not just causes. And where a person, to use a trivial word, is happy, and not just nervously tormenting himself.
Robert Musil (1880–1942), Austrian author. The German as Symptom, unpublished essay drafts 1923, Robert Musil: Precision and Soul. Essays and Addresses, p. 153, ed. and trans. by Burton Pike and David S. Luft, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990).
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